THE magnificent Free Museum and Menagerie already established in the Central Park, New York, will ever stand as noble monuments of their founder's munificence, and it is now proposed to add to these a third source of benefit to science, and of recreation and instruction to the commonwealth at large. The scheme now in contemplation is the erection in the same Park of a Marine and Fresh-water Aquarium on the most approved system, and of greater magnitude than anything of the kindhitherto attempted. Following a similar principle, it is likewise intended to raise the funds requisite for establishing this aquarium through appeals to the public spirit, and proverbial liberality of New York's more wealthy citizens, as also hereafter to endow the institution, and throw the same freely open to all comers.
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American Scientific Enterprise . Nature 9, 243–244 (1874). https://doi.org/10.1038/009243c0